By Con Coughlin
Insightful, penetrating, and surprising, the defining biography of Iraq's deposed tyrant Drawing on an unheard of community of resources, contacts, and firsthand tales, Con Coughlin takes us to the guts of Saddam Hussein's advanced, bewildering regime -- and past. totally up to date and revised, Saddam: His upward push and Fall meticulously describes how Hussein took strength and instantly set approximately controlling each point of Iraqi lifestyles. Coughlin examines Hussein's regime either sooner than and after its fall, exploring the contradictions of Saddam's inner most lifestyles: his sponsoring of Islamic fundamentalism whereas whiskey consuming and womanizing in addition to his reliance on and social gathering of relatives negated by way of his violent and temperamental remedy of them. With facts from relatives, servants, and employees, Saddam: His upward push and Fall is exclusive in its close-up illustration of this elusive and secretive international. In all-new chapters and an epilogue, and with stunning new disclosures, Coughlin additionally vividly recounts the previous few months of Saddam's reign and his eventual catch via American forces.
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The tomb proclaims her as “the Mother of the Militants” while, on a personal note, Saddam stressed the closeness of his relationship with her when he conﬁded to a biographer that he would visit his mother as often as possible. In view of the hardships he suffered during the time he lived with Subha, Saddam’s devotion to his mother is intriguing. Pictures of her show a rather dumpy, scowling woman wearing the long black dress typical of Arab peasant women. Her face is tattooed with small black circles, and in none of the surviving photographs is she smiling.
A British expeditionary force was sent to Basra, at the head of the Gulf, at the start of war in 1914 as a precautionary measure against the Turks, who had sided with the Germans. Having captured Basra easily in 1915, the overconﬁdent British commanders decided to advance on Baghdad. Ill equipped for a campaign in the grueling conditions of southern Iraq, however, the British force got within twenty-ﬁve miles of Baghdad before it was completely overwhelmed by the reinforced Turks. The remnants of the British force retreated to Kut, an evil-smelling town on a bend in the Tigris, where they were besieged by the Turks for 146 days.
The Germans were, however, slow in responding, and the British were able to crush the revolt easily. Rashid Ali and some of his supporters managed to ﬂee the country, but other participants, including Saddam’s uncle, Khairallah Tulfah, were rounded up and punished. The four colonels who had supported Ali were hanged and their bodies publicly displayed outside the Ministry of Defense building in Baghdad, as were some of the other ringleaders. Others were jailed and thrown out of the armed forces.
Saddam: His Rise and Fall by Con Coughlin